Indian cleric issues fatwa against Muslim girl because she recited Hindu scriptures

A cleric from the Indian seminary Deoband Darul Uloom sparked controversy after issuing a fatwa against a Muslim teenage girl for reciting phrases from the Hindu holy book “Bhagavad Gita”.

The 15-year-old Alia Khan from the Indian city of Meerut participated in a contest that required students to recite verses from the book at an event marking the 101 years of the historic Lucknow Pact – an agreement between the moderates and extremists of the Indian National Congress and the Muslim League – during India’s freedom struggle.

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  • tom_billesley

    In the Lucknow Pact the INC conceded that Muslims were a separate nation within India with separate electorates, and entitled to a quota of seats in states where they were in a minority. Partition put paid to that.